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Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287363/nebulized-fentanyl-for-dyspnea-in-a-hospice-patient-with-true-allergy-to-morphine-and-hydromorphone
#1
Robert G Wahler, David B Smith, Kimberly B Mulcahy
An 86-year-old white female was admitted to hospice care with lung cancer. Even with optimal medical management, she suffered from dyspnea and required opioid therapy. However, the patient had a true morphine and hydromorphone allergy. She was administered nebulized fentanyl for symptomatic relief of dyspnea with good effect and she did not experience any allergic response.
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287362/drug-costs-the-controversy-continues
#2
Arthur G Lipman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287361/believing-jeny-about-her-pain
#3
M S Biji
A 19-year-old woman with cancer and excruciating pain was not easily responding to morphine. Some of the staff suspected that this pain was not physical, that it was all emotional. But when the palliative care team believed the young woman's report of her pain, they were able to arrive at the right combination of medicines to treat her pain, and to relieve her intolerable suffering.
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287360/an-educational-intervention-to-decrease-drug-costs-related-to-terminal-secretions-in-a-hospice-organization
#4
Cara Brock, Sarah Cooper, Christopher M Herndon
Terminal secretions is a common symptom seen in hospice patients. Antimuscarinic drugs are commonly used to treat this symptom despite a lack of supporting data. Wide variability in cost exists among these treatments. Hospice program data were assessed to identify high-use and high-cost medications. An educational intervention (EI) was developed to target one such medication, transdermal scopolamine. The EI focused on efficacy, safety, and actual cost (by unit and total expenditure) for each possible treatment of terminal secretions...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287359/opioid-prescribing-patterns-and-costs-in-a-large-group-of-patients-in-colombia
#5
Jorge Enrique Machado-Alba, Andres Gaviria-Mendoza, Camila A Vargas-Mosquera, Andrés Felipe Gil-Restrepo, Luis C Romero-Zapata
The potential for development of tolerance and dependence and the risk of side effects of opioids make it necessary to monitor their prescribing patterns in order to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with their continued use. The objective of this study was to determine prescription patterns of opioid medication in a group of patients through a cross-sectional study on a population database of 3.5 million people. Patients with three months of continuous opioid use were identified. Pharmacological, co-medication and cost variables were analyzed...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287358/intractable-neck-pain-in-an-oncologic-palliative-care-setting-is-cancer-always-the-answer
#6
Valentina Delfine, Enos Bernasconi, Donata Bardelli, Vito Spataro, Tanja Fusi-Schmidhauser
Refractory pain is a common manifestation in an oncologic palliative care setting and represents a major challenge for health care professionals involved in care provision. The underlying neoplasm and its dissemination are the foremost pathophysiologic mechanism for the development of pain in patients with advanced cancer. Nonetheless, other etiologies such as trauma and infections need to be considered by clinicians in this particular care setting. The authors present the case of a patient with a recent diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma, suffering from intractable neck pain, progressive worsening of her general conditions, and the onset of a generalized seizure...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287357/a-review-of-agents-for-palliative-sedation-continuous-deep-sedation-pharmacology-and-practical-applications
#7
John Bodnar
Continuous deep sedation at the end of life is a specific form of palliative sedation requiring a care plan that essentially places and maintains the patient in an unresponsive state because their symptoms are refractory to any other interventions. Because this application is uncommon, many providers may lack practical experience in this specialized area and resources they can access are outdated, nonspecific, and/or not comprehensive. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence- and experience-based reference that specifically addresses those medications and regimens and their practical applications for this very narrow, but vital, aspect of hospice care...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287356/range-of-effective-corticosteroid-doses-for-alleviating-dyspnea-in-terminal-cancer-patients-a-retrospective-review
#8
Tsuyoshi Maeda, Toru Hayakawa
This study aimed to determine the range of mean cumulative corticosteroid doses that could effectively palliate dyspnea in opioid-treated patients with terminal cancer and to investigate the demographic or biochemical factors predictive of corticosteroid responsiveness. To this end, responders and nonresponders were compared with regard to corticosteroid dose and whether they had initiated opioid use before or concomitantly with corticosteroid use. A logistic regression analysis was conducted to assess the impacts of demographic and biochemical factors on corticosteroid effectiveness...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287355/donepezil-an-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitor-can-attenuate-gabapentinoid-induced-somnolence-in-patients-with-neuropathic-pain-a-retrospective-chart-review
#9
Takamichi Kogure, Masahiko Sumitani, Kiyoshi Ikegami, Hiroaki Abe, Jun Hozumi, Reo Inoue, Kazuo Kawahara, Yoshitsugu Yamada
Donepezil, an oral acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, is used to treat Alzheimer's disease and reportedly attenuates opioid-induced sedation in patients with cancer pain. Neuropathic pain is often treated with gabapentinoids (pregabalin, gabapentin), but gabapentinoid-induced somnolence sometimes prevents patients from using these agents. We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients with neuropathic pain to examine whether donepezil is useful for gabapentinoid-induced somnolence. We investigated pain severity in 13 patients before and after taking gabapentinoids and donepezil, the degree of gabapentinoid-induced somnolence before and after starting donepezil, and gabapentinoid dose escalation after taking donepezil...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287354/systematic-reviews-published-in-the-october-2016-issue-of-the-cochrane-library
#10
Philip J Wiffen
The Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews has been published quarterly as a DVD and monthly online ( http://www.thecochranelibrary.com ). The final October 2016 issue (4th DVD for 2016) contains 7068 complete reviews and 2467 protocols for reviews in production. In addition, there are citations of 973,000 randomized controlled trials, and 15,700 cited papers in the Cochrane Methodology Register. The Health Technology Assessment database contains some 16,000 citations. One hundred and seventeen new reviews have been published in the previous 3 months, of which three have potential relevance for practitioners in pain and palliative medicine...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287353/new-online-tool-for-exploring-global-opioid-consumption-data
#11
Martha A Maurer
Each year for nearly two decades, the Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) has received from the International Narcotics Control Board, the global monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions, consumption data for six principal opioids used to treat moderate and severe pain: fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and pethidine. To provide these statistics to a wider audience, PPSG developed an extensive section of its Web site featuring these data in the form of global, regional, and individual country graphs...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287351/zoledronic-acid-treatment-in-primary-bone-marrow-edema-syndrome
#12
Bryan Josué Flores-Robles, Jesus Sanz-Sanz, Adel Abel Sanabria-Sanchinel, Dixie Huntley-Pascual, José Luis Andréu Sánchez, José Campos Esteban, Ricardo Blanco, Carolina Merino-Argumanez, Maria Espinosa-Malpartida, Maria Consuleo Ramos-Giráldez, Hildegarde Godoy-Tundidor, Maria Mercedes Jiménez-Palop, Carmen Barbadillo Mateos, Luis Fernando Villa-Alcázar, Carlos Maria Isasi, Juan Bartolome Mulero
Primary bone marrow edema syndrome (BMES) is characterized by the combination of joint pain and distinctive magnetic resonance imaging changes. It has been suggested that the use of bisphosphonate drugs reduce symptom severity. Our objective was to review cases of patients diagnosed with BMES in the last 7 years who had been treated with zoledronic acid. Access to a pharmaceutical database was gained in order to obtain a list of zoledronic acid prescriptions. Based on clinical and MRI criteria for BMES, patients were selected...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287350/fda-expands-list-of-do-not-compound-drug-products
#13
(no author information available yet)
EDITOR'S ABSTRACT On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published in the Federal Register an expanded list of drug products that are not to be used in compounding extemporaneous dosage forms. This list contains numerous analgesic or anti-inflammatory agents and other chemicals sometimes used to manage pain and related symptoms. Because pharmacies are licensed by the states and other jurisdictions (districts, territories) as opposed to the federal government, regulation of extemporaneous compounding is inconsistent across the nation and minimal to nonexistent is some jurisdictions...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287349/book-and-media-reviews
#14
Roger Woodruff
Editor's Note The journal is delighted to continue a collaboration with the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) in publication of book reviews relevant to symptom control in advanced disease. These reviews are adapted from the work of Roger Woodruff, MD, FRACP, FAChPM, an internationally recognized oncologist and palliative care specialist physician from Australia. Dr. Woodruff's reviews appear concurrently or did so previously in the IAHPC Newsletter, which is accessible through the IAHPC Web site: http://hospicecare...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849412/summertime-downpour
#15
(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960626/food-and-drug-administration-requires-strong-warnings-for-opioid-analgesics-prescription-opioid-cough-products-and-benzodiazepine-labeling-related-to-serious-risks-and-death-from-combined-use
#16
(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849426/hospice-ethics-policy-and-practice-in-palliative-care
#17
Roger Woodruff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849425/lucca
#18
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December 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849423/erratum
#19
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849420/hospice-and-palliative-medicine-handbook-a-clinical-guide
#20
Roger Woodruff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
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